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Report: Sturridge linked with move to DC United or Inter Miami

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The next time we see Daniel Sturridge memorable goal celebration, it could be on North American soil.

Goal.com says Sturridge, 30, is already training in America, and links DC United and Inter Miami with the striker.

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It would be a Designated Player situation at both clubs, and Sturridge won’t have to go far for information on the clubs. Fellow English national team alum David Beckham runs Miami, while Three Lions teammate Wayne Rooney spent a dominant spell with DC.

It has been a challenging year for Sturridge, whose contract with Trabzonspor was voided after he was banned from football until mid-June and fined nearly $200,000 for providing his brother with “inside information” regarding a possible summer transfer to Sevilla.

But Sturridge also showed his class, scoring seven goals with four assists in 16 appearances for the Turkish club. He also had more injury troubles. Though not long-term, Sturridge missed between one and three league matches on five separate occasions.

Sturridge was once amongst the most lethal strikers in the world when healthy, a loaded conditional. His first two seasons at Liverpool saw him score 36 goals and 14 assists in 49 appearances. That’s really good.

All-told, the Man City Academy product has 77 goals and 29 assists in 218 Premier League appearances between City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Bolton (He failed to score in a short-term loan to West Brom to complete his set of six clubs so far).

He’ll score when healthy, no doubt, but will MLS clubs be spending the same once they come out of coronavirus pause. It doesn’t seem prudent if there are no fans in the stands, as the league’s clubs make a good deal of their money on match day.

Americans Abroad: Sint-Truiden buys Durkin from DC United

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American midfielder Chris Durkin is staying in Belgian after Sint-Truiden agreed a fee with DC United, his new club announced Thursday.

Durkin turned 20 in February and appeared 14 times during his loan stint with the Belgians, where he scored a goal.

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The defensive midfielder was 16 when he signed for DC and made his first team debut for the Black-and-Red in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

He played 41 times for DC United and 15 times with the USL’s Richmond Kickers before moving abroad in August.

The youngster has played 60 times for U.S. youth national teams in his career, according to Transfermarkt.

Washington Post writer Steven Goff reported that the fee was $1.1 million, with a 25 percent sell-on. Durkin’s contract is for three years.

There will be a lot to watch here, as Durkin was in the U-23 picture for Olympic qualifying ahead of a tournament which now looks set for 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic.

Sacha Kljestan famously starred with Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League during his playing days, while American players Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) and Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk) are currently in the league.

USMNT’s Arriola likely will miss MLS season, six World Cup qualifiers

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WASHINGTON — D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola had major knee surgery Monday and likely will miss the entire Major League Soccer season and the United States’ first six qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup

The operation was to reconstruct his right anterior cruciate ligament. The team said there was no additional cartilage damage.

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The 25-year-old midfielder injured his knee Feb. 15 during D.C. United’s preseason match against Orlando in Tampa, Florida.

Arriola has been a regular starter for the U.S. national team under coach Gregg Berhalter. Arriola has five goals in 33 international appearances.

After failing to reach the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. starts qualifying for the 2022 tournament this year. The Americans have two matches each in September, October and November, then complete qualifying with two games apiece in March and September 2021.

Arriola confirms ACL injury in blow to USMNT, DC United

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Paul Arriola confirmed that an injury suffered Saturday versus Orlando City was in fact to his anterior cruciate ligament.

That means a long absence for the USMNT and DC United midfielder. Arriola says it is “unclear” how long he’ll be out of action, other than it will take “months” to heal.

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Arriola, 25, seems likely to miss this summer’s CONCACAF Nations League action and is a doubt for the start of 2020 World Cup qualifying in the Fall.

The blow is even bigger for a DC side about to open its MLS season on Feb. 29 versus Colorado.

Arriola has appeared in 16 of the 19 matches helmed by USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter and has 33 caps overall.

He began his career at Dorados de Sinaloa and Club Tijuana in Liga MX before moving to DC in 2017. He has 14 goals and 13 assists in 71 appearances for the Black-and-Red, six and two in 2,553 minutes last season.

Report: USMNT mid Arriola suffers potentially serious knee injury

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DC United lost a significant piece of their puzzle in Saturday’s preseason win over Orlando City on Saturday.

That’s USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola, who will undergo scans on his knee to see the extent of a possible seaosn-ending ACL tear.

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Arriola, 25, has appeared in 16 of the 19 matches helmed by USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

Overall, the player has five goals and five assists in 33 caps. Arriola found two of those goals and three of those assists at this summer’s Gold Cup.

Arriola began his career at Dorados de Sinaloa and Club Tijuana in Liga MX before moving to DC in 2017. He has 14 goals and 13 assists in 71 appearances for the Black-and-Red, six and two in 2,553 minutes last season.

The U.S. could miss Arriola for the CONCACAF Nations League and the start of 2020 World Cup qualifying, but the blow is even bigger for a DC side about to open its MLS season on Feb. 29 versus Colorado.